976 Glasgow – Oban

Glasgow – Oban

This is a stunning Highland journey from Glasgow to Oban, with beautiful scenery including Loch Lomond, Ben Lomond, Inveraray, Loch Fyne, Tarbet, Loch Awe, St Conan's Kirk, and Kilchurn Castle.


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No. of Attractions:

8 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

3 hours 8 minutes

Route Frequency:

2 services daily

Starting point:

Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station

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Journey fact:

Oban is known as the "Seafood Capital of Scotland" due to its bustling fishing industry and the abundance of fresh seafood available in the area. The town's famous seafood restaurants serve up delicious dishes made from local produce, including the world-renowned Oban Bay Prawns, which are a favorite among seafood lovers.

Journey Overview

This is one of the great Highland journeys –  a trip the leaves behind the invigorating and fascinating Glasgow, to straddle the sumptuous Loch Lomond shores – a scenic masterpiece only 30 minutes away from the big City and its bright lights. It’s a winding and spectacular sojourn that includes copious peaks, including Ben Lomond, then northwards into Argull and along the coast via Inveraray and Loch Fyne and pretty Tarbet, with its majestic colour.

Loch Awe beckons, long, narrow and nestled alongside the incredible Ben Cruachan, alongside the famous St Conan’s Kirk, a beautifully structured building overlooking the water. The ruins of Kilchurn Castle then appear on the horizon and the coach then makes its way on to Oban, the Gateway to the Isles from the ferry terminal, for as far as the Outer Hebrides, for the really ambitious or maybe just some fish and chips or a pint at one of the fabulous restaurants or pubs in this vibrant town.

Fabulous places to visit

This is a journey that’s worthy of spreading over a few days. There’s plenty of places to visit en route, stopping off and maybe staying overnight


There’s so much to see and do in Glasgow, from museums to parks, nightlife to sport. The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery is Scotland’s Scotland’s oldest public museum and a splendid temple to the wonders of art, science, and history. Then, there’s the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum with its 8,000 exhibits from dinosaurs to World War 2. If it’s natural serenity and relaxations, then visits to Glasgow Botanic Gardens and the Pollock Country Park with its highland cattle, woodland and glades as well as the Burrell Collection, are ‘must visit’ locations.


This is a quaint town alongside the serene waters of Loch Fyne with lovely views over the Scottish Highlands. There’s the famous Inveraray Castle and jail, as well as ice-cream on the picturesque seafront and a range of classic, boutique shops. The Castle is featured in the TV series Downton Abbey and the home of the Duke of Argyll, with traditional Gothic Revival architecture. It also has fabulous gardens.


For a mix of shopping, eating heritage and beauty, then Oban’s the place to be! Fish and chips or a wider array of seafood is readily available and a visit to the Oban Distillery is highly recommended, so too Dunollie Castle and Gardens, just a short walk from the town centre. McCaig’s Tower is also a fun but steep walk up the Romanesque structure overlooking the town and also a trip to the Pier with its spectacular views. A pleasant walk down the Corran Esplanade is recommended, taking in the fresh air and prosperous shops, cafes and restaurants.

How to get here...

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Places to visit & things to do on this journey

Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Glasgow Botanic Gardens,

Burrell Collection

Inveraray Castle and jail

Oban Distillery

Dunollie Castle and Gardens

McCaig's Tower


Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station

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